I have this tiny little Schwinn caliente that i've had since i was like 9 ... well it was the perfect height for me then...its tiny. wish it wasnt or i'd be on the road with it. but anyway, im trying to figure out a date and if its worth anything but at the same time im not very good with bikes yet...i cant tell whats original and im having troubles with the serial number. ive found charts, but im a tad confused. the number i found was on the rear dropout, it reads SK019809. under the crank housing i've found G-9 with "67" right underneath that. the charts ive found dont seem to have a serial number listed that started with s. the site i found "bunchobikes.com" says that where i found the serial # indicates a date between '52 & '70 ... but it doesnt match up with the serial number and i just cannot figure this out!
saddle is schwinn but im doubting original...shimano gears..24x1.25" tires...stuff like that. im just trying to figure out when its from, and if i went to sell it whats the max i could get out of it?
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My daughter has a Caliente like that in pink. Look on the Schwinn badge on the head tube, there should be a four digit number lightly stamped. The first three digits are the day of the year, the last is the last digit of the year. You should be able to figure out the decade. My daughter's bike is 1988. They are not really valuable, except to a small person who can't fit a full sized bike.
Bike does not have much value. Juvenile sized bikes are hard to sell. And the Caliente's I have seen have steel wheels, steel crankset, gas pipe frame. So it is a bottom end juvenile bike.
A super clean ready to ride version might be worth $75 max. I have donated bikes like that to my favorite charity as there are no customers around here for such a bike. I passed on one last week for $10.